Observer Media

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Observer Media
IndustryOnline and Print media
Founded2007; 11 years ago (2007)
FounderJared Kushner
HeadquartersManhattan, New York City, US
Key people
Joseph Meyer (CEO, Observer Media), Merin Curotto,[1] James Karklins (President)[2] Dana Schwartz, Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, Nir Eyal, Robin Seemangal

Observer Media is an American online media company.[3][4][5] The company was formed through several acquisitions, including acquisition of the New York Observer in 2007.[6][7][8] Observer Media is based in lower Manhattan, New York City, and had been owned by businessman Jared Kushner, until Joseph Meyer was named owner and publisher in January 2017.[9].[10][11][12] It currently publishes the Commercial Observer,, and[13][14] As of November 2016, Observer Media announced it would no longer print the New York Observer. The site is a consolidation of several notable online properties, including The Gallerist, BetaBeat, NY Politicker, and PolitickerNJ.[15][16][17]


In 2007, Jared Kushner began acquiring and merging several print and online media publications into the Observer brand, including New York Observer, BetaBeat, Gallerist, NY Politicker, SCENE Magazine, and PolitickerNJ.[18][19] These acquisitions became integrated into the website (Gallerist was integrated in September 2014, PolitickerNY in March 2014, BetaBeat in January 2015, and PolitickerNJ in August 2016).[20]

In March 2012, Observer Media launched Commercial Observer, a commercial real estate publication.[21] The organization has since received various awards, including "NAREE's 65th Annual Real Estate Journalism" award,[22] "Best Team Report Silver" award (2013),[23] and "Best Weekly Newspaper Report Silver" award (2014).[24] The Commercial Observer publishes at, and also publishes weekly print edition.

James Karklins, the former Chief Marketing Officer at Newsweek, was named president of Observer Media on January 8, 2018.[2][25]


The Observer Media online site includes four main content categories: News & Politics, Arts & Entertainment, Business & Technology, and Style & Design. Observer Media discontinued a print edition called the New York Observer in November 2016.


In April 2016, former Editor-in-chief Ken Kurson was criticized for providing "input" to Donald Trump in a speech given at the annual AIPAC conference.[26] The Observer was also criticized in 2014 for an investigative piece on former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.[27] In July 2016, Observer staff journalist Dana Schwartz published an open letter to her boss Jared Kushner criticizing him for his involvement in Donald Trump's (Kushner's father-in-law) presidential campaign.[28] Shortly thereafter, Kushner responded to the letter defending his contributions to Trump's presidential campaign.[29] Both articles were widely circulated in social media, and attracted attention from various media outlets.[30]


  1. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (May 30, 2017). "Jared Kushner's Observer Lays Off Staffers". WWD. WWD.
  2. ^ a b Guaglione, Sara (January 10, 2018). "Observer Media Hires James Karklins As President". MediaPost Communications. MediaPost.
  3. ^ "The Education of a Publisher". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Jared Kushner Names Brother-in-Law New York Observer CEO". New York Magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "How Jared Kushner Became Donald Trump's Mini-Me". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jared Kushner's Trump Card". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jared Kushner's Second Act". The Esquire. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Who Is Ivanka Trump's Husband? Jared Kushner Is A Success In His Own Right". Romper. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. ^ McAlone, Nathan (January 9, 2017). "Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner will step down as publisher of the Observer, and have no 'ownership stake'". Business Insider. Business Insider.
  10. ^ "Ivanka and Jared's Power Play". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Kushner praised Wildstein after Bridgegate resignation: lawyer". The Real Deal. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "New York Observer loses top reporter over Trump coverage". CNN. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jared Kushner". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Observer Media Group Launches New Real Estate Site:". The Observer. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "A New 'Observer'". Politico. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Albanese to NY Observer". New York Post. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "The New York Observer Lost Its Pink Paper Today". Animal New York. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Developer Jared Kushner Sells Puck Building Penthouse for $28 Million". Mansion Global. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "A Brief History of the 'New York Observer' as Reported by the 'Times'". The Awl. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Web site's 'bris' cartoon offends politicians, ADL". NJ Jewish News. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "New York Observer Starts a Paper on Real Estate". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "NAREE's 65th Annual Real Estate Journalism Award Winners". Naree. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  23. ^ "Real Estate's Best News Outlets: Reporters from Bloomberg, Inman News, HomeSource, The New York Times, Virginian Pilot, AJC Win Big at NAREE". SkyLine Views. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  24. ^ "7th annual Pulse Healthcare Conference: Facilities of the Future". New York EventsList. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  25. ^ Elstein, Aaron (January 8, 2018). "Kushners' Observer Media names new president". Crain's New York Business. Crain Communications. Crain's NY Business.
  26. ^ "New York Observer Editor Doesn't Regret Involvement With Donald Trump's AIPAC Speech". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  27. ^ "A New York Observer Article Brings a Spat in Trump's Orbit". New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  28. ^ "An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees". The Observer. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  29. ^ "Jared Kushner: The Donald Trump I Know". The Observer. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  30. ^ "A Conversation with Dana Schwartz, Who Just Called Out Her Trump-Supporting Boss". Squire. Retrieved October 12, 2016.

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